After it was reported late last week by the Post and Courier that former governor Mark Sanford had been shopping for real estate space on Lower King St. in preparation for a campaign for Congress, his ex-wife and former S.C. first lady Jenny Sanford, who was reportedly on Gov. Nikki Haley's short list to replace outgoing-senator Jim DeMint in December and had been considering a congressional run of her own, has bowed out of the race, the Associated Press reports today.
Citing her duty as a mother of four young boys, Sanford dismissed any further speculation that she was weighing a run in the May special election to fill the 1st Congressional District seat left vacant by Tim Scott's ascendance to the U.S. Senate. "The idea of killing myself to run for a seat for the privilege of serving in a dysfunctional body under John Boehner when I have an eighth-grader at home just really doesn't make sense to me," she told the AP.
As for her ex-husband's potential campaign, she said "he did a good job as congressman and he has as much right as anybody else to run for Congress, and we'll see what happens." Just as we said last month, we never really thought a Sanford vs. Sanford match-up was realistic, but Jenny Sanford's comments today close the door for good.
But, just like Newton's Third Law of South Carolina 1st District Special Election Politics says, when one candidate withdraws, another must enter. In this case, the equal and opposite reaction is West Ashley attorney Curtis Bostic, who will announce his entry into the crowded 1st District field at a press conference tomorrow.
Bostic, a Republican trial lawyer who served on Charleston County Council from 2001-2009, said in a press release Monday that he would "fight not only for fiscal responsibility, but also for the other important issues facing our nation such as job creation, the right to keep and bear arms, the right to life, and domestic energy production."
In December, Fits News reported that Bostic was considering the race, and that he could self-fund his campaign—a move that could play to his advantage with a large field of at least a half-dozen candidates expected to enter the March GOP primary.
Bostic has adopted the campaign moniker "STOPSPENDING.COM", but as of this posting the website was not active.